Folk on Foot / Jenny Sturgeon in Shetland

Listen on

Episode notes

The singer, songwriter and artist Jenny Sturgeon has made her home on Shetland, a group of wild and wonderful islands in the North Atlantic. We climb up to the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse where Jenny – who has a PhD in seabird ecology – points out fulmars, kittywakes and a puffin on the vertiginous cliffs. Her latest album “The Living Mountain” was inspired by the classic book about the Cairngorms by Nan Shepherd.   As we head across a strip of sand (or tombolo) to St Ninian’s Isle, Jenny reflects on finding inspiration for her music in nature and tells how her guitar was specially created from materials found in the Cairngorms National Park. She performs songs from “The Living Mountain” album as well as a new composition written in lockdown and a tribute to her friend who is a scrap metal sculptor. Join us for an atmospheric trip to a magical place.


Access exclusive films of Jenny performing along our walk, along with over 100 other performances from dozens of artists, by signing up to Folk On Foot On Film:

We rely entirely on support from our listeners to make Folk on Foot. So please consider becoming a patron. You’ll make a small monthly contribution and get great rewards. Find out more at

Sign up for our newsletter at

Follow us on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram: @folkonfoot